10 Foods You Don't Have to Buy Organic
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If you are like most Americans, you live on a budget.  Your food budget probably doesn't allow you to feed your family all organic foods, so how can you save money and stay healthy?  If you can't eat 100 percent organic foods, then here are some foods that you don't have to buy organic.

Last weekend, I posted 10 foods that you should buy organic.  These foods are usually grown with a lot of pesticides and chemicals, or they absorb a lot of chemicals.  In the comments, many of you mentioned that you aren't completely organic yet.  That's OK!  Neither are we.  We do what we can afford and what we think is best for our families.

10 Foods You Don't Have to Buy Organic

1.  Onions

Pests generally leave onions alone, so there aren't as many pesticides sprayed on them.  When shopping, look for onions that are firm and have a strong onion smell.

2.  Avocados

Avocados have very thick skins that protect them from pesticides.  This doesn't mean that there are no chemicals in the flesh, but it does reduce how much is in the flesh.

3.  Corn

Farmers typically use pesticides on corn, but very little of it reaches the kernels.

4.  Pineapples

Like avocados, the thick skin of pineapples protects the flesh from most pesticides.

5.  Asparagus

Few bugs bother asparagus, so farmers use less pesticides during the season.

6.  Peas

Sweet peas are said to have the least amount of pesticide residue.

7.  Kiwis

The thick skin protects the fruit.  You should still wash them well before eating though.

8.  Cabbage

Cabbage naturally doesn't absorb many pesticides or chemicals.

9.  Watermelon

Again, the thick rind protects the fruit.  You should wash them before cutting because chemicals from the rind can get on the knife and contaminate the fruit.

10.  Broccoli

Broccoli is another plant that doesn't get sprayed often because it doesn't get attacked by pests while growing.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.